A group called the Green Electronics Council recently released a report on progress in making equipment, mostly PCs and monitors, less harmful to the environment. The report measures the sale of products rated highly by a system called EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool).
EPEAT was developed by the EPA. This system rates a growing number of products as gold, silver, and bronze in terms of their recyclability, reduced use of toxic materials, and lowered power use. All US Federal computer buys now must be of EPEAT-certified products.
EPEAT-certified PCs and laptops make up 22% of all computers worldwide. Since its inception in 2006, there has been a 150% growth in sales of certified computers. Prospects are good that the numbers will keep going up as companies and individuals become more aware of the environmental costs of disposing old office machines.
Among the benefits of using EPEAT products are: * Reducing use of primary materials by 75.5 million metric tons * Reducing use of toxic materials (especially lead) by 3,220 metric tons * Making significant reductions in mercury use * Reducing disposal of hazardous waste by 124,000 metric tons * Saving over 42 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.